Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the No. 1 STEM-centric school on the 2018 Top Colleges list.ASSOCIATED PRESS
Colleges and universities whose curricula emphasize STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics—rank high on FORBES’ list of America’s Top Colleges. The No. 1 STEM school, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is No. 4 on our national list. MIT’s high ranking is driven by its grads’ career success. According to the federal government’s College Scorecard database, which tracks the earnings of federal student loan recipients, MIT grads earn a median salary of $94,200 ten years after starting school. MIT grads with zero to five years of experience earn $81,500, according to PayScale, a privately-owned website that tracks self-reported salary data. (For our Top Colleges ranking methodology, click here)
But MIT is highly selective, accepting just 8% of those who apply. The good news: When we ranked the best 25 STEM schools on our 2018 Top Colleges list, we found six with acceptance rates greater than 50%: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, University of Portland, Clarkson University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Drexel University, and Missouri University of Science and Technology. Their grads’ average alumni earnings ten years after starting school is $68,000, more than $5,000 greater than the average for the overall top 100 schools on our national list.
Our Top 25 STEM schools are concentrated in the Northeast, where there are 14. The greatest number, six, are in New York state. There are five each in the Midwest and West. Despite the demand for tech talent in California, only two are located there, California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and Harvey Mudd College, one of the five schools in the Claremont Colleges consortium 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. One school, Georgia Tech, is located in the South.
Three military academies make the cut. Their students attend for free in exchange for a commitment to serve for five years. There are three other public schools on the list: Georgia Tech, Stony Brook University, which is part of the State University of New York system, and the Missouri Institute of Science and Technology in rural Rolla, MO.
To put together our list of Top 25 STEM Colleges we drew from College Scorecard’s database of schools where 50% or more students major in STEM subjects.
Here is the list of the top 25 STEM-centric schools:
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2. California Institute of Technology
3. Harvey Mudd College
4. Johns Hopkins University
5. United States Naval Academy
6. United States Air Force Academy
7. Carnegie Mellon University
8. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
9. United States Coast Guard Academy
10. Lehigh University
11. University of Rochester
12. Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
13. Case Western Reserve University
14. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
15. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
16. Colorado School of Mines
17. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
18. University of Portland
19. Stevens Institute of Technology
20. University of Tulsa
21. Stony Brook University
22. Clarkson University
23. Illinois Institute of Technology
24. Drexel University
25. Missouri University of Science and Technology
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